Heres my first self-build. Any help/advice is appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: This coming week

Budget Range: Approx. $1000-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Watching twitch, Downloading and streaming tv shows to 50" plasma through hdmi, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Might get a free or discounted copy)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Dont know enough to have any but hopefully picked the ones that give best quality/bang for buck

Overclocking: Maybe (Have no idea how)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (i think this is if you have 2 gpu's??)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I dont care about looks with the case just want to be sure its cooled and easy to work with. Main idea with all of this is to have a computer that i can put together and never touch again for years that provides high quality entertainment for ~$1000. I hope to be able to plug directly into my plasma through HDMI and use a 2nd monitor occasionally. Any and all advice suggestions are welcome, I only have user reviews from the sites i used to figure out what the solid products are.

so far this is what ive gleaned from the rest of this site and others on the web.

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155


SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - TX650

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
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  1. It looks like it'll all work together great. The video card you picked is a beast and if you can afford it, your PSU can run dual GTX 670's no problem.

    You did a really good job picking out parts for a first time build :D The only suggestion I might make is the HDD, 500GB fills up quick these days, and for the same amount of money you can get this drive
  2. Awesome!! thanks for the comment and suggestion! Im going to switch out for the bigger HDD ;)
  3. Good plan bro! You did a really good first job, have fun building and enjoy the experience!
  4. Looks good... wish I had a grand :D

    Like I said in the other thread I don't really know enough to comment, but maybe better ram? You can get lower timing (apparently that's a good thing?) for the same $, but I don't know how the voltage would play into it if you're gonna overclock it, or even how you overclock ram...
  5. LOL what?!? :)

    It seems samsung is pretty good quality, but maybe someone can suggest a better brand, From the reviews i read its very good. But ill look into it!! ;)
  6. G.Skill RipJawsX is pretty good for the money. I enjoy mine lol
  7. id agree and go with g.skill. best at making ram in my opinion. otherwise a great build
  8. from what i read samsung is better quality and is made by samsung, where as gskill is bought from another source and branded as gskill.
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    Many RAM companies buy from OEM's and rebrand. However G.SKill still buys from high quality OEMs and sells high quality RAM. It's a good choice to go with, trust me.
  10. It's too late to be honest. But i like the idea of not needing the extra hardware that is attached to the gskill. I read through a loooonngggg thread that was very clear on samsung being the clear winner in a matchup.
  11. theres nothing wrong with samsung by any means but i would still pick g.skill. its never failed me and despite being rebranded at times it still has its lifetime warranty
  12. Best answer selected by muushupork.
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